February 8, 2013

Friday at last.  I was hoping to sneak in one more workout this week before the weekend hit, but a late night at work put that on hold.

Truth be told, I could use the rest, we’ve been traveling non stop lately, combo that with late night’s at work and poor sleep, I am definitely fighting off a cold.  I sneezed no fewer than a gazillion times today and used about as many tissues. Yikes! It’s definitely a kick in the butt to remember to eat healthy and keep up with my workouts. 

But for now, I’ll leave you with my most recently completed project. 

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While we were in Richmond a few weekends back, I saw a rainbow scarf at Claire’s that wasn’t worth the price, but definitely caught my eye.  Lucky for me, Michaels was right next door and I found this fun yarn to try and recreate the scarf!

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I used dbl crochet front post stitches for the length of the scarf and kept it relatively skinny.   I absolutely love the finished look and have been wearing it a ton this week!

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Another fun project off the hook and in the books! Happy weekend friends

Xo

Currently

January 29, 2013

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While we were in Richmond this weekend, I saw a fun scarf and in the spirit of spend less, diy more, I opted to make my own! Luckily I found some appropriate yarn during our travels. I’m finding more and more crochet is becoming a meditative state for me. Ice just got to figure out more things to make than just scarves and hats! Hoping to show you the finished product soon 🙂 Happy Tuesdaying!

Finished!

January 23, 2013

Ya’ll, my to-do list was a mile long today.  Which makes for a long Wednesday with no yoga (at a studio, at least), but the productivity is 100% worth it. 

In other and more fun news, I finished my crochet project last night!  I was a little nervous about it, since general guidelines aside, I went from scratch with this puppy – but I’m super happy with how it turned out.  I have this beautiful soft grey yarn that I picked up and wanted to make a wearable, but unique hat out of it.  I didn’t like any of the designs online for what I had in mind, so I just went with what I thought might look nice together.  For my first go at it, I think it went pretty well. 

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For you crocheters out there, I decided to crochet from the brim, UP as opposed to the top down.  The brim was stitched as one long band and sewed together to make the base of the hat.  And since I liked the stitches for the brim (front post single crochets), I used the same style stitches for the hat, alternating between single and dbl back post crochet  stitches, which would end up being perpendicular to the stitches on the brim.   Since its my first time using any of these stitches, I just sort’ve went with it, without truly knowing how it would turn out.

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tadaaa!

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close up of the stitches

I really like it!  Its wearable, unique and WARM, a huge plus for the chilly weather everyone’s been having lately.

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Its just long enough for my head, but can also be worn back a bit for that slouchy beanie style, or with the brim folded up for a slightly dressier look. 

I’m super glad to have it done, although now that its finished, i’m itching to get another project back on a hook! 

I hope everyone is staying warm this week, it is COLD out.  I’m ever so grateful to be coming home to a crockput full of homemade soup and the opportunity for some at-home yoga alone in my room.

xo

Some catching up

November 5, 2012

This weekend was a WHIRLWIND, I’d say about 11 of the past 48 hours were spent folded up in a car.  It was of course, worth it – family always is.  It was a good reminder that sometimes the simplest thank yous can be the most beautiful and the most effective. 

Despite all of the traveling, I think I fared pretty well.  I am rather proud of sticking to my food choices this weekend and have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the level of questions/acceptance from the family.  I made due with noshing on the veggie platter, grapes and some triscuits during the chili lunch with the family on Saturday, ordered a personal size cheese free pizza on Saturday and picked my way through the potluck lunch on Sunday (with the help of a PB&J bagel from the hotel breakfast to fill in the gaps).  It certainly wasn’t ideal (a few more twizzlers than should be mentioned were consumed), but I managed to get in a decent amount of veggies both days (thank you to whoever brought the salad on Sunday!!!!!) and came away not feeling too horrible about the choices I made.   Its back on track today with oats for breakfast and some leftovers with grains and kale for lunch today! 

Despite the crampy conditions and constant presence of BBQ fritos (OMG keep them away from me) in the car, I did manage to get my crafty side on and finish up a crochet project I’ve been working on all week.  

Meet the newest addition to my arguably too large already scarf collection. A nice and width, its warm and fuzzy with the softest red yarn I’ve felt and a fun addition with the black stripes, using yarn brought back from overseas as a gift from my inlaws!  This is the first time I’ve worked with 2 colors in a project and I’m definitely still working out the kinks.  Its not perfect, but I’m really happy with it!

And finally! Its November (what?).  Which means I am 5 days into the month of gratitude and 4 days behind on what I’m grateful for.  So.  Lets get to it!

November 1st: I was grateful, truly grateful to realize that after a few long years of cc debt, etc., I am finally in a position to say that I have gotten my finances in order.  No cc debt to my name and steadily paying off my student loans while starting to see my savings go up, instead of down.  Financial stability is such a peace of mind.

November 2nd:  On Friday I was grateful for having an understanding husband who looks really hard to try and find restaurants that we can both enjoy, while at the same time provides me with options other than bagged salad and french fries.  And on top of that, I was pretty grateful that I was finally at a place for work that I could work a 10 hour day on a Friday night and come home tired, but so so happy and feeling accomplished.

November 3rd/4th: For the weekend, overall I was reminded both days how grateful I am to be truly welcomed into my husband’s family.  Its pretty amazing to feel so loved and included by people who haven’t known me all my life. 

November 5th: And thatleads us up to today.  Today, I am grateful that the choices I’ve made over the weekend regarding my food have helped me to feel as good as possible about myself.  And to physically feel pretty ok.  But all of that being said, I’m also grateful that I can get back into my own kitchen and make a healthy meal, full of veggies to help myself and my husband feel back to 100% (poor guy…).

And with that, its back to my regularly scheduled Monday!  No bodypump this morning (too tired, too stiff), so I’m planning to sneak in some lifting this evening. 

xo

And exhale…

January 6, 2012

Well.  I think everyone today had a little bit of “thank GOODNESS its Friday”.  I dunno, maybe it was just having to come back to routine after a nice break, but dang – this one was rough.  Although, for all of the ups and downs this week had, I have to say, now that I’m at the end of the week, the hardest part is finally out of the way (weekly wrap up meeting, always shake a little bit from nerves on this one – I’m a bit of a “don’t cut myself any slack” kind of girl, so when something isn’t perfect, its hard for me to think it won’t induce major backlash).  But no backlash! (whew…).  So now, I can finally relax a little bit and breathe.  Time to look back on the week and think “you know, maybe it wasn’t SO bad after all”.  Although, I’m good if we don’t have another one of these for a good, long, while.  All of the struggles though, have led to the glorious Friday night, where I can relax with a drink, some projects and not set my alarm clock for the next morning.  The night where you have two FULL DAYS of a weekend ahead.  Amen to that.  One of my new years resolutions was to keep trying new recipes in the kitchen and nothing makes that easier than

  1.  Needing an internal reset from the holiday foods
  2. Having some fun new cookbooks! 🙂

Chock full of recipes I can't wait to try!

I got this cookbook as a gift for Christmas this year and I had seen a few of her recipes used on www.ohsheglows.com.  Fun, easy, DELICIOUS looking and healthy.  Right up my alley, and surprisingly, not too far off from Brandon’s either. He reached right for these books when we planned out our menu for this past week.  Last night was the first night I got to try any of the recipes and it did notdisappoint.

So Good!

Via special request by Brandon, we had Cajun Chickpea patties over a salad.  It reminded me a lot of the crispy chicken salads I used to get, which healthy they are not, but undeniably delicious.  It was pretty awesome to find a healthy, veggie alternative to a old time favorite, without even trying!  I have a sneaking suspicion the ranch I drizzled on had a lot to do with it, but the crispy is pretty important too.

The How, (according to my brand spankin’ new cookbook…Everyday Happy Herbivore, by Lindsay Nixon.)

Cajun Chickpea Cakes

Take 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed and pulse in a food processor until “smashed” (basically, don’t make them look like hummus, the chunks are important!).  In a mixing bowl, mix the chick pea smash and the following: 1 tbsp of chili powder, ¼ tsp onion powder and garlic powder, ¼ tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp mayo and 1 tbsp truffle oil (the original recipe calls for 2 tbsps Vegan mayo, we didn’t have that and Mayo is the food of death in our apt, so I snuck in 1 tbsp of the real stuff when Brandon wasn’t looking – shhhh), 1 tbsp poultry seasoning (she gives her own recipe for this, but I just nabbed a premade pack from the grocery store – it was easier than tracking down all of the ingredients).  1 tbsp tamari, 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, ¼ tsp liquid smoke (I’m SO bummed I forgot this part, next time…), ¼ cup whole wheat flour (recipe called for chickpea flour.  Have this I did not…).

To make the patties is really easy.  Just roll the mixture into 8 little balls and put on a greased pan.  Press down lightly to make a patty.  Lightly spray and bake at 350 until a little crispy.  And that’s it!

Like I said, these patties were really tasty over a salad (mine had broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion), which tasted great after a few weeks of indulging.  If you want to keep the recipe Vegan, stick with the Vegan mayo and skip the Ranch dressing.  Brandon made the comment that these would be really good sized up a bit into veggie burgers (boy makes a gal proud, I tell ya).  We finished off the meal with some leftover (still) Christmas cookies and called it a successful night. And if we’re being honest, some stellar leftovers for lunch too…

I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of recipes from this and the other cookbook of Lindsay’s that I was gifted, the recipes are so simple and recognizable, if that makes any sense.  Perfect for not scaring off a timid “almost vegetarian” (See: Brandon).

And now, it is Friday night.  I have a homemade Old Fashioned in my hand and finally finished a SUCCESSFUL crochet hat :-O

Note the fit...

But don’t worry, I put my first hat to good use…

Think he likes it?

Silly, but struggling through it three times in a row, instead of just giving up really gives me a sense of accomplishment and I can’t wait to start my next project.  I’m not sure if I’ll be starting one this weekend, we already have some fun weekend plans lined up, which include some consignment shopping for me (vintage!!) and some home brew shopping for Brandon, dinner and drinks with Friends (a real live human activity guys!) and if I have my way, a trip to the liquor store to stock up on some new bitters.  And I’m not really one to wish my life away, but shoot guys, this UNBELIEVABLE winter weather has me dreaming for spring already (60 degrees today!).  So, to try and make the most of it, I’m hoping to split up my workouts this weekend with an outside run and a hike – fingers crossed 🙂 I have a whole list of potential projects I could start up, I just have to pick one and hope I have some time to do it all 🙂

What’s everyone else up to this weekend?  How was your week back from the break??

Xo